Complexity Digest 2011.14 - 11
Editor-in-Chief: Carlos Gershenson
Founding Editor: Gottfried Mayer
Irreducibility and emergence in complex systems and the quest for alternative insights, Complexity
Abstract: The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
In this essay, we briefly survey the contemporary scientific and philosophical debates on emergence and conclude that this notion has become a dilemma. We argue that the reason for this dilemma is metaphysical. Subsequently, we investigate some fundamental philosophical methods in science, such as Cartesian reduction and objectivism, as the main sources of scientific drawbacks. Eventually, we suggest some refinements in philosophical methods for improvement of scientific insight and propose the method of transcendentionism as a metaphysical panacea to encounter the dilemma of emergence
- Source: Irreducibility and emergence in complex systems and the quest for alternative insights
[ http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cplx.20377 ], Radmarz Hosseinie, Mojtaba Mahzoon, DOI: 10.1002/cplx.20377, Complexity Early View, 2011/06/23